South East

Visit these spaces in the South East...


Ash Green Meadows

This open area of former agricultural land comprises Ash Green Meadows in the western part, characterised by semi-improved damp grassland, and a number of improved grassland fields in the east. Scattered Oak trees within the eastern fields create a pleasant parkland character and mature wooded strips, hedgerows, scrub and seasonal ponds add to the rural atmosphere of the site. A number of footpaths provide opportunities for enjoyable circular and short walks and wildlife spotting.

Beam Parklands

This multi-awarding winning wetland park gives people a precious slice of countryside on their doorstep. The delightfully crafted landscape includes a community orchard, areas for natural play and a variety of natural habitats where nature can thrive.

Bookhurst Wood

This lovely 15 hectare ancient semi-natural woodland near Cranleigh, Surrey, has large areas of old hazel and hornbeam coppice with mature oak standards, birch, ash willow and aspen that provide interest throughout the year. The bluebells in spring are a particular highlight.

Braeburn Park

This diverse greenspace in Crayford, near Dartford is a haven for local wildlife with an intriguing range of habitats including a mix of chalk, acid and neutral grassland, scrub, relict orchard, mature woodland, sandy banks and gravel cliffs. It is a great place to spot butterflies and other insects in spring and summer.

Canvey Wick

Canvey Island may not be the first place to spring to mind when thinking of rare wildlife, but a brownfield site on the island has been found to be one of the best places in Britain for endangered invertebrates. That place is Canvey Wick.

Davy Down

Davy Down consists of around 6-hectares of attractive landscape, nestled amongst large modern developments. As a part of the Mardyke Valley and Thames Chase Community Forest, the area provides a great opportunity to explore and enjoy the countryside on your doorstep, with links to Aveley and Bulphan along the Mardyke Way.

Debden Woodland

This vital precious ancient woodland sits on the borders of Essex and London, positioned in a key location between the town of Loughton and the newly created wood in Theydon Bois woodlands.

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

With striking freshwater habitats and a wealth of wildlife this tranquil park is a stunning natural area for people to discover and enjoy in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula. It is made up of an outer and inner boardwalk. The outer boardwalk is a permissive footpath and is normally open 364 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The inner boardwalk has controlled access through the Gatehouse - for opening hours see visitor information below.

Langdon Lake and Meadow

This little gem of a nature reserve, spanning 16-hectares, is a popular countryside retreat within a mainly urban area. The contrast of open meadow, woodland and lake make the park popular with both people and nature.

Little Heath Meadow

This open meadow adjoining the oak and birch woodland of Little Heath Common includes hedgerows, scattered trees, ditches and a pond. It is a great place for a peaceful short walk or a longer circular walk extending into the surrounding countryside. The adjoining Chobham Pet Cemetery established in 1932 is well worth a visit for its historical interest.

Southern Park

This popular community greenspace, adjoining Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park, comprises wide open grassland, tree and shrub areas, wildflower meadows, pathways and play features. It is the perfect place to take it easy and enjoy some 'green time' and for walking, kicking a ball around, having fun and enjoying a picnic.

Vange Marsh

This fascinating marsh land is full of amazing wildlife and offers a gateway to a significant network of open spaces.